The NHRF has from the secretariat in Oslo worked extensively and strategically in Colombia for three decades, establishing long-term relationships, partnerships and networks with relevant actors in the human rights field and in civil society in general, with excellent results. Through a new agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, we will continue our work to support frontline human rights defenders and the Colombian civil society.
In the spring of 2020, the NHRF established an office in Bogotá to increase the support to Colombian civil society organizations at a crucial time in the country’s history, through open calls for proposals based on thorough in-country context analysis and needs assessment for frontline human rights defenders’ and civil society work. The establishment of the Colombia Office has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building. Grantmaking is focused in three thematic areas that were determined according to our current country strategy for Colombia.
The current Colombia portfolio consists of 21 active projects – 18 projects approved with the grant from the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, and three ongoing projects from 2019. 78 % of the projects are within NHRF’s strategic area 1 (Peace process and victim’s rights), 61 % in strategic area 2 (security protection and guarantees for HRDs) and 33 % in strategic area 3 (land and environmental rights). The portfolio will increase as more calls will be carried out the next few years.
The NHRF has no calls for proposals at this moment, but is planning a call for proposals for projects in Colombia during the fall semester of 2020. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the NHRF's conditions for support and geographical and thematic priorities.
On August 30, we commemorate the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. This egregious crime is one that not only affects or impacts an individual, but instead, families, communities and countries have through history been torn apart by this crime. In several countries, enforced disappearances have been used as a strategy to spread terror within society.Read more »
The Norwegian Human Rights Fund is glad to announce that our office in Colombia is up and running! The NHRF has been increasing its support to civil society organizations in Colombia through a new agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá. In the spring of 2020, the NHRF Colombia Office opened, which has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building.Read more »